5 headcanons about Lin and Zuko's relationship, please?
1. Toph had no idea what to do with a baby, and there was no way she was going to go to Katara about it. (There was also no way she was going to go to her parents about it, but that went without saying. Going to Katara was unthinkable, but not quite unimaginable, not like going to her parents.) So she showed up six months pregnant on Iroh’s doorstep. Iroh quietly passed her onto Zuko.
2. So Zuko was a part of Lin’s life since before she was born, but for most of her childhood, she was in Republic City with her mom, while he was ruling the Fire Nation. She mostly saw him when he visited Republic City for whatever reason, or when her mother sent her to the Fire Nation during school breaks to get her out of her hair. He always had a present for her, and he took her and Izumi swimming and sailing, and she thought he was just wonderful.
3. The first time she called him Uncle, he almost broke down crying.
4. There were a lot of times, especially as she got older, that she didn’t want to say something to her mother, or ask her a certain question, so she would ask Zuko. When she was little, she used to save them up for when she saw him, but as she got a little older, she started writing him letters instead. Zuko would give her advice and answer her questions, and talk with her about the world and what he had seen, and he was always honest with her, and never seemed annoyed that she would ask something. She learned a lot about honor from him, which might not have been the best, but oh well.
5. Zuko took all of the kids up on Druk at least once. Lin tried to pretend she wasn’t impressed. She was.
“Lin has one of the most tragic backstories in Legend of Korra. All the people she loved - Tenzin, Su, Toph - left her. Even Aang and Sokka, who I imagine she loved like fathers, died. All she had left (before she made up with her family and ex) was her job, so it’s easy to see why she was so dedicated that she became chief, arrested the Avatar, and got invited to multiple world-leader meetings.”
(we’ve received a few questions about these topics so we figured we’d answer in one post! you’re all welcome to reblog with your own answers as well)
What do you love most about the Jak and Daxter series? // What do you think it is about this series/characters that makes people still care so much after all this time?
I find the world in the games to be really special; the world building in Jak and Daxter is a unique blend of fantastical elements (eco in particular) and sci fi. The settings feel like real, lived-in places (at least atmospherically) despite the early tech available at the time the games were made. It makes them very fun to explore, even if there’s no sidequests around; particularly Haven city.
The plot of the games may be minimal, and towards the end of 3 outright silly, but the characters are fun and the stakes are high, so it’s easy to get attached. I came to genuinely care about the setting, so it really didn’t take much to hook me, haha.
For me, it’s the balance between a really cool and expansive setting, and all the things left underdeveloped. There’s other series I love but haven’t got into writing for because I feel like there’s not as much I can add; the Jak and Daxter series is imperfect, full of weird holes and untapped character potential, but that leaves so many places to jump in and fill the gaps, or play with alternate outcomes and events. It’s a fun sandbox to play in, a distinctive and unique world with a lot of room to explore, and that’s what keeps me coming back to it.
Who are your favourite characters and why do you love them so much?
Hmm…. it’s a tossup depending on my mood. I tend to immediately like the main characters the best so I of course like Jak and Daxter… but I also have a huuuge weak spot for Torn. I don’t know why but whenever there’s a beleaguered commander stuck behind a desk trying to do his best, they will almost always be my favourite. (See also: Samuel Vimes, Chief Bogo, Lin Bei Fong)
If I had to pick one it would be Damas; he’s a good dad and a huge fucking nerd with a stupid sense of humour (see: this post) and… he doesn’t wear pants (I can’t explain why this is so important to me, it just is). But I really love Battle Dad characters in general; it’s one of my favourite character tropes. I also like the main Duo and Sig a lot (Jak and Dax because I love deep friendship dynamics; Sig for similar dad/mentor reasons and also because he just makes me happy).
I think Toph is both a deeply cool and also in some ways deeply tragic figure. She is really really good at fighting, at earthbending, at helping to win a war, but she never learned so many of the emotional and social skills she needed to exist outside that role. And who can blame her, after a childhood spent in isolation, and then on the front lines of the war. I think she spent so much time trying to prove herself, she never got the chance to figure out who she was trying to prove it to.
What I think is hilarious:
Toph has never forgiven Sokka and Suki for having sex close enough for her seismic sense to pick up.
What is soul-crushing but fun to inflict on friends:
Toph was utterly utterly clueless about what to do with her daughters. She gave them what she had always wanted as a child, total freedom, but this left Lin longing for structure while Suyin ran wild. Poppy Bei Fong, who was still alive, wrote her letters asking if she needed help, but Toph always declined, her own bitter memories of her childhood, stifled and “protected” leaving her unwilling to risk her parents inflicting that on her children. It’s only when Suyin becomes unmanageable that Toph becomes desperate enough to ask for her mother’s help. A small part of her is bitterly jealous, both as a mother and a daughter, over Suyin and Poppy’s relationship.
What doesn’t work but canon sucks so:
This is not so much a matter of canon sucking, as it is something I find too funny to let go of.
Kanto doesn’t exit. He’s the code name Zuko, Toph, and Mai use for the
threesome they will never speak of again. Izumi is also the result of
this threesome, and whenever Toph wants to make Mai and Zuko blanch, she
just says publicly that Lin and Izumi are so close, almost like twins.”
It was a clear day in Republic City; Sokka had decided to take a trip out to Air Temple Island to see Aang, Katara and the kids. As soon as he headed up the front steps he saw Bumi running out to greet him.
“Uncle Sokka! Uncle Sokka!” he rushed toward the other non bender in the family.
“Hey Boom,” Sokka caught him in his arms and the two began to walk inside. “How are things?”
“Dad’s all excited because Tenzin showed his first signs of airbending today,” Bumi told his uncle.
“That’s wonderful,” Sokka told him knowing how much Aang had hoped for an airbender.
“I guess,” Bumi shrugged. “I was just hoping that maybe Kya would be the only bender so I would have some company.”
Sokka looked down at the eight year old. “You’ll always have me Bumi, but now the world has more hope for saving Airbenders.”
The young boy nodded and jumped down from his Uncle’s arms the two of them walking inside the house. They found Katara and Aang eating lunch with Kya and Tenzin. Kya was about four and was playing with her water instead of drinking it and Tenzin at only one year old, was being fed by his father.
“Sokka,” Katara’s face lit up a little when she saw her brother, getting to her feet to give him a hug.
“How is my baby sister?” he asked kissing her on the cheek before greeting Aang and Kya.
“Busy,” she laughed a little. “These two keep us on our toes.”
“Thankfully Tenzin is much more low maintenance than his brother and sister,” Aang laughed, handing his youngest to his brother-in-law to hold.
“I heard that you are going to be an airbender,” Sokka cooed to his youngest nephew. “There is almost one of each of us now. Your mommy has her waterbender, your daddy has you, Zuko has his daughter, and I have Bumi. All we need is an earthbender and we can have Team Avatar: The Second Generation.”
Katara cleared her throat. “Sokka, when was the last time you spoke to Toph?”
The whole room seemed to go silent before Aang got to his feet. “Kya, Bumi, why don’t we go take Tenzin for a nice walk outside.”
Aang gave Katara a gentle kiss before he and the kids left the two siblings alone.
“I haven’t talked to her for awhile,” Sokka finally answered her. “Not since Suki and I broke up, why?”
“It’s been almost a year since you and Suki broke up, why haven’t you talked to her?” Katara asked.
“We’re both busy, I don’t know,” Sokka gave a frustrated sigh. “Besides the last thing I heard was she was going with you and Aang out on a double date.”
Katara looked at her brother. “That was back when you and Suki broke up as well. What is keeping you from-”
“Katara can we just drop the subject please?” he asked cutting her off. “I realized how I felt about Toph too late and I’ve lost my chance. I spent all those years trying to make my relationship with Suki work and while I did I lost my chance to be with the one person who understands me, who appreciates me.”
“My family doesn’t?” Katara asked him teasingly.
He sighed again. “You know that’s not what I meant Katara.”
She walked over to him and pulled him into a hug. “I know Sokka, and I also know that there is always hope. We lived through a war, and lost people we loved, but we’re here and starting to have families of our own. Nothing is ever lost….go see Toph.”
Sokka just nodded and hugged his sister one last time before leaving air temple island and heading back into Republic City. On his way home, if only to tell his sister he had tried, Sokka decided to swing by the police station. He stopped at the front desk, everyone around the station looked busier than usual, Sokka went up to Toph’s office and stopped at her secretary’s desk.
“Can I see Chief Bei Fong for a moment?” he asked.
“I’m sorry Councilmen,” she looked at him sadly. “The Chief isn’t here; we don’t expect her back in the office for another week or so.”
“Why?” Sokka was worried all of a sudden. “Is something wrong?”
“No one knows,” she told him sadly. “She has been acting very odd and secretive lately and no one knows why.”
Sokka was surprised to hear that, the Toph he knew was always very open and up front.
“Thank you,” Sokka said before turning and leaving.
He was going to get to the bottom of this and if he couldn’t find Toph at her office then he would just have to go to her house. He tried to prepare himself as he got closer but Sokka had never been this nervous in his life, he had no idea how Toph would react to him coming to see her, or if she would even want to see him. He took a deep breath in and raised his hand to knock but before he could the door opened and Toph was standing there in front of him.
“It’s good to see you Snoozels,” she said smiling up at him. “It’s been a long time.”
“Too long,” Sokka replied.
The two hesitated for a moment or two before Sokka pulled Toph in for a hug. Even now that they were grown up, both of them in their 30’s, Sokka still laughed at how much talker he was than Toph.
“I stopped by the station to see you,” he told her as she ushered him inside. “They said you weren’t going to be back for at least a week. I was a little worried that you were ill or something bad might have happened.”
Toph sat down. “It’s been a rough year.”
“I know what you mean,” Sokka laughed a little as he sat as well.
Silence passed between the two for another moment or two before Toph finally spoke again.
“How’s Suki?” she asked.
Sokka was surprised she didn’t know. “We broke up, almost a year ago.”
“I’m sorry,” Toph added hurriedly. “I didn’t know, Aang and Katara stopped telling me things about you and Suki because they knew how much it-“
“How much it what?” Sokka pressed her.
“They knew how much it hurt me,” she sighed. “I even started dating someone to try and get you out of my system.”
This was what Sokka had been afraid of.
“I know; Katara told me that she and Aang were going on a double date with you and him.” Sokka explained. “After Suki and I broke up I asked about you and I knew I was too late.”
He could see tears in Toph’s eyes and almost wanted to go, he hadn’t come here to cause her more pain.
“I want you to meet someone Sokka,” she said, wiping away the tears and getting to her feet. “Please?”
“Of course Toph,” he answered.
The earthbender got to her feet and walked back down a hallway to where Sokka assumed her bedroom was. He tried to steal himself for whoever came out of the room with Toph, he was ready to look the man she had fallen in love with in the eye, shake his hand and tell him he had better never hurt Toph or he would be sorry. Just the thought of that made his heart ache but Sokka knew that for Toph’s happiness he would do anything. When Toph came back into the room however there was no man with her, she was just cradling something in her arms. She walked back into the living room and Sokka got to his feet.
“Sokka this is my daughter,” Toph whispered. “Her name is Lin.”
Sokka leaned over and saw the small baby girl with a tuft of dark hair and her mother’s green eyes looking up at him.
“She’s beautiful,” Sokka breathed.
“I know,” Toph smiled a little, still looking with wonder at her child.
“Who’s the father?” Sokka finally asked the question he was afraid to ask.
Toph didn’t speak for a moment or two. “He’s…not around.”
“Oh Toph,” Sokka sighed pulling her gently into a hug, Lin still in her arms. “He’s an idiot.”
Toph began to sob quietly into Sokka’s shoulder, she had been putting on a brave face for a long time and now she was going to be able to tell him everything. The only other people who knew were Aang and Katara, after all Toph wouldn’t trust anyone else to deliver her baby. Finally after a few moments she was able to stop her tears and broke away from Sokka a little.
“Let me go put Lin back in her crib,” she turned and left again, leaving the usually fearless man to think about what he was actually going to say now.
Toph came back and she and Sokka both sat down on her couch, more nervous now than they had been before.
“So, how old is Lin?” Sokka finally asked.
“Just a week old,” Toph told him. “Katara had been staying with me until a few days ago.”
He smiled. “So that’s why my sister wanted me to come see you.”
Toph blushed a little. “Everyone always knew how I felt about you; I didn’t try to hide it. At first I thought my feelings might change or go away but the older I got the stronger they got. I never told you because first of all I thought you already knew and just didn’t say anything to spare my feelings and second of all because of Suki. I only wanted you to be happy Sokka and when I thought you and Suki were happy so I tried to move on. My parents had been trying to arrange a match between me and an old friend of the Bei Fong family. He came to Republic City and the two of us started to date for a few months, I kept trying to make myself feel something for him but it never happened and when I found out I was pregnant he didn’t take it very well but he stayed for the sake of the baby. Then when Katara was able to tell me it was a girl, he left. He said he didn’t want the child if it wasn’t a son to pass on his name to and he didn’t want to have more than one child anyway. I was so ashamed that I tried to keep it a secret from everyone, for a long time only Katara and Aang knew I was pregnant then when I couldn’t hide it I took a sick leave from work and figured I wouldn’t go back until I had figured things out.”
Toph had tears running in steady streams down both her cheeks now. Sokka reached forward and gripped her hand in his, letting her know he was still there.
“I made a mistake using him to try and forget my feelings for you, but without him I wouldn’t have Lin. Lin is the most perfect thing in my life; I never thought I would love someone so much especially when I thought I couldn’t have you.”
“I made a mistake too,” Sokka told her sadly. “My mistake was trying for too long to fix a broken relationship. Suki and I were so young when everything started and I think the older we got, the more we grew apart but I stayed trying to rekindle what we once had. I took her on trips to places that meant something to us but in so many of them all I ended up seeing were memories of you and at the end of the last trip we realized that we weren’t kids anymore and we weren’t in love. I wanted to go to you and tell you how I felt for you but that was the night you went on a double date with her and Aang.”
Sokka took a deep breath. “I thought I had lost my chance that’s why I haven’t seen you in so long. I was afraid to see you with someone else when it was my own fault that I realized so late that I love you.”
Those words only made Toph cry harder.
“I don’t know why I didn’t figure it out sooner,” Sokka laughed sadly, tears in his own eyes. “I guess I couldn’t put the pieces together fast enough. You know I’m not the brightest.”
“What pieces Meathead?” Toph asked.
“You used to grip my arm when you couldn’t see,” Sokka began to explain. “If we were ever somewhere that didn’t have a lot of earth or metal you would hold onto me. Until a few years ago I never understood how much faith you were putting in me, how much trust, how much love you were putting in me letting me be your eyes. Then I thought about how the best earthbender the world has ever known, the inventor of metalbending, would lean on me, a non bender for support when she needed someone. You are one of the most powerful benders ever and yet for some reason you turn to me when you can’t see. That’s what love is, trusting someone else to take care of you, to watch out for you, to save you. You’ve saved me quite a few times over the years and I don’t know if I’ve ever thanked you for that.”
“You’re welcome,” she whispered.
“But more than anything love is about wanting the other person to be happy,” Sokka explained. “I love you so much that if you had brought a boyfriend or a husband out here to meet me I would have been able to shake his hand and wish you both the best because I will never be happy unless you are happy too….that is love.”
Toph moved closer to Sokka, taking his face between her hands and making him look at her. She knew that she couldn’t see him but she wanted him to see the feelings in her face.
“Do you remember the air ship?” she asked, knowing that he did. “I dream about that moment all the time. When we both fell and you grabbed me all I could feel was your hand. I was dangling above the water and you were all I could feel; in that moment you were my whole world and when I started to slip you caught me again.”
“I was so scared of losing my grip,” Sokka confessed. “If you had fallen I would have dove after you, I would never have stopped trying to save you.”
“Then,” she kept going. “When we got off the airship, it was me you leaned on and not Suki and I guess I read too much into that moment.”
“You didn’t,” he tried to assure her. “It just took me longer to get there. I told Katara earlier that you were the only one who ever understood me, ever appreciated me. You’ve never wanted to change me, but you aren’t afraid to tell me when I’m wrong, you make me laugh, you keep my on my toes, you give me everything I’ve ever wanted.”
Toph was at a loss for words this time so Sokka leaned in and kissed Toph as he laced his fingers though hers. Toph melted into Sokka’s touch and as they kissed it was almost as if she could see a whole other world where the two of them would make their lives together. After a few moments they broke away from each other and Sokka touched his forehead to Toph’s, their hands still joined.
“The spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly,” she told him. “I love you Sokka.”
“I love you too Toph, I’m sorry it took me so long to figure that out.”
“I’ll forgive you this time Meathead,” she laughed.
The two leaned back on the couch wrapped in each other’s arms and just began to talk, to catch each other up on their lives. As the sun set Toph fell asleep in Sokka’s arms, clinging to him just like she always had. Sokka leaned down and kissed her forehead when he heard crying coming from the back. Without waking her Sokka got off the couch and went to Lin’s bedroom, he leaned over her crib and as careful as he could lifted her up into his arms. He sat down in the rocking chair that was next to her crib and began to rock back and forth. He looked down at the tiny little girl, his eyes filled with wonder and lovingly kissed her tiny nose.
“I love your mother so much, I thought I had lost my chance to be with her but your Aunt Katara was right….nothing is ever lost. I might not be your father Lin,” he told her as the baby began to drift back to sleep. “But if you would like I will be more than happy to be your Dad.”
Lin yawned and one of her tiny hands gripped Sokka’s finger.
He softly began to sing “Leaves from the vine, falling so slow, like fragile tiny shells, drifting in the foam”
What he didn’t notice was Toph standing in the doorway, tears once again in her eyes. She didn’t need sight to recognize that this was her family and it was perfect no matter how long it had taken to get there.
So this is my first Tokka fic and my first AtLA fic so be gentle. I had to get my Tokka feels out in the open and how I think my OTP could become canon. I was also inspired by this picture http://www.deviantart.com/art/Tokka-Here-for-you-303869625. I also looked into ages and Tenzin during Legend of Korra is 51 and Lin is 50 which means Katara was 34 when she had Tenzin so that is where I got the ages. I guessed at Bumi’s age so don’t hurt me. If you liked this at all please give me a review or let me know what I can do to improve it. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Toph gave her children immense freedom but very little structure. Lin craved structure desperately, and felt anxious and afraid without it. One place in her life that had structure was her Aunt Katara and Uncle Aang’s place. Their Son Tenzin was in many ways similar to her, a person who craved control and order, and this is part of the basis of their appeal to each other as young lovers. They are both a little tightly wound.
What I think is hilarious:
In a black comedy way, I can’t see her first meeting with Lao and Poppy being anything but an epic disaster. As far as they’re concerned, she’s just like her mother, and that’s terrible. Lin is mortally offended. Su is obviously much more like their mom and they like her.
What is soul-crushing:
While Lin used to harbor some resentment that their mother bailed Suyin out of trouble, her long tenure on the police force has given her a lot of first hand knowledge of just how badly Suyin’s life could have gone, if she had gone to prison, if she had gotten in deep with the triads. She now resents the way Suyin doesn’t seem to realize just how completely she was saved and how lucky she was. It makes her furious every time she sees a dead person in an alley who got in with the triads and couldn’t get out, because Suyin doesn’t seem to get that could have been her.
What doesn’t work but I don’t care:
Lin was very close with Iroh before he left for the Spirit World. She reminded him of his nephew when he was younger. Because of this, Lin has an encyclopedic knowledge of tea.
Summary: Amon kidnapped Korra when she was three and fourteen years later she’s so fucking done with his shit Word count: 10,115 god help me A/N: going for broke with this monster chapter. it’s both hopeful and extremely dark. tons of makorra. i split it into two parts and linked the second half as a private post at the bottom of this one. the next chapter is the last one wow amazing
likes are nice, reblogs are nicer, comments are best and extremely appreciated. enjoy
Korra looks at her fist, the skin on her knuckles split and bleeding, and throws another punch at the wall. The first punch cracked the plaster. The second one dented it. Every one after that leaves a dark red splatter. She keeps going long after her hand loses feeling, sheathed in numbness.
She shouldn’t have listened to the radio. She was hoping for the music hour, something wordless she could sink into after a full day of interrogation with Chief Bei Fong, but the music hour didn’t happen. Instead, Korra got the newscast: After the Avatar revealed herself at the probending championship game, as none other than the daughter of anti-bending Equalist Amon, benders and nonbenders alike took to the streets in riots that lasted until early yesterday morning.
I was wondering if you knew any cool fanfics that don't have any real sort of shipping (or shipping mainly being hinted or background?)
You came to the right place. Even though I deeply love certain ships, I am primarily a gen writer, and I seek out and cherish the little bit of genfic I find. It’s few and far between in this fandom, unfortunately, and most of them are short, which is reflected in this rec list.
Another Brother by AvocadoLove:
It was a mission of revenge. There weren’t supposed to be any survivors,
but Chief Hakoda couldn’t bring himself to kill the Fire Nation boy.
Against his better judgment, he brought him home. A Zuko joins the Water
words, WIP [Fanfiction.net]
This is one of the best fics in the fandom, bar none. It’s long, plotty, and character driven, full of family politics and family bonds. Just an amazing fic.
Aftermath by @somariel:
Iroh receives word of the Gaang’s victories and gives someone a well-earned tongue-lashing.
Iroh visits Ozai in prison and gives him a piece of his mind.
The Airbending Master by Lizbee:
Teaching airbenders is not the same as restoring the Air Nomads.
Short and sweet pre-comics fic about Aang teaching airbending Ty Lee.
Gilded Green by Caelum Blue:
At the end of Iroh’s Siege, the Dai Li decide to test their brainwashing
abilities on a Fire Nation soldier. They don’t know that their guinea
pig-rat happens to be a supposedly-dead prince. First in a series. AU,
words, WIP [AO3]
A long, plotty take on one of my favorite nightmare AU scenarios. Full of well developed and interesting OCs, overtly creepy and unsettlingly domestic by turns. Great fic.
Tea with Destiny by AvocadoLove:
After the shock of Lu Ten’s death, Iroh makes a fateful journey into the
Spirit World. The tea there is exquisite, but the company may give Iroh
a run for his money.
Beautiful fic, just read.
Lessons in Thin Air by Lisse:
What Zuko learns at the Western Air Temple, whether he wants to or not.
This short character study about Zuko and the gaang packs a real punch.
Five Generations of Facepalms by Lazy8:
It’s a curse every generation wishes on the next one at some point in their lives. The Fire Nation royal family is no exception.
Fire Nation Royal Family comedy about the ways the children manage to appall their parents. Al kinds of fun.
The Dragon Incident by Wrongfun: Everytime Aang, Katara and Toph had some business to do, they dumped their kids in Zuko’s court. Cue, chaos.
Very very funny look at Zuko attempting to babysit the gaang’s offspring. Suyin wants a dragon. Druk, Zuko, and the architecture of the palace suffer.
Five Ways Toph Created Her Own Family (Whether She Liked It or Not)
by lady ganesh: [Dreamwidth]
Wonderful Toph character study about building a family of choice and becoming an adult.
Eight Principals of Yong by psocoptera:
The pen is mightier than the sword, or how Zuko saves the day via the power of good penmanship.
Amazing post Last Agni Kai Zuko character study about Zuko and Katara figuring out what to o next with the Fire Nation.
Red is the Color of the End of the World by @sholiofic:
Post-series, Katara is adjusting to the new shape of the world. They all are.
4241 words [AO3]
Immediately post-canon Katara character study, lush, beautiful, and a touching exploration of friendship.
The Ember Island Portraits:
Katara offers Zuko friendship by repeatedly doing something that annoys him.
I am such an enormous sucker for Katara and Zuko friendship fics, and this is one of the very best.
au + 5 hc- Toph and Zuko marry for political reasons, and now their children have to deal with the political consenquences
1. The avatar did not awaken. Instead, the Earth Kingdom army and the Northern Water Tribe invaded on the Day of Black Sun and overthrew Ozai. Zuko’s ship was captured soon after, and Iroh put in prison. Zuko was put on the throne as a puppet monarch. Zuko has not had his redemption/recovery arc, so he is still a hostile snarly, anxious unhappy twerp, only now Ozai is dead, and Zuko is free to lionize him without having to face the reality of who Ozai really was. Also Iroh is in prison in the Earth Kingdom awaiting execution, and Azula is running around making everything about a hundred times more difficult.
2. Azula makes a bid for the throne, persuading a group of Dai Li and disgruntled Fire nobles to back her. At the same time, Iroh escapes and makes his way home. Somehow this ends with Zuko still on the throne, Iroh safe, and the Dai Li at least out of Zuko’s court. But the other upshot is that Zuko needs to marry an Earth Kingdom noble in order to prevent another invasion. The Bei Fongs manage to luck out as the family to garner the most backers in he Earth Kingdom, so their thirteen-year-old daughter is escorted to the Fire Nation by her mother and several regiments of the Earth Kingdom army.
3. Zuko takes one look at her and marries her just to get her away from the people who are willing to marry her off at thirteen. Consummation of this marriage is not going to happen for a looooong time. But Toph might be a frightened child, but she would never let that show. She keeps running away. Not back to her parents as might be expected, just away, to the wilds of the Fire Nation, to the inner city, anywhere she can get to. She bends the glass out of her windows, she tears up Zuko’s mother’s garden, the only person who can really get her to do anything is Iroh, and now he has two intractable, bad tempered teens to look after, and Zuko is now even less willing to listen to him now that he’s got a crown.
4. Eventually, the two of them settle into a siblingish relationship, and Toph eventually grows up to realize no body here really has a choice, so she’s going to have to just deal. She still absolutely despises everything involved with being Firelady. Also Zuko resurrected the prewar custom of official concubinage when Mai accidentally got pregnant, and Toph is careful only to take firebenders as lovers.
5. Doesn’t matter. Both her children are earthbenders, even Lin, who is actually Zuko’s. Izumi, his acknowledged bastard, has to take the throne. The mess that is the royal inheritance at this time very nearly touches off a civil war, and a couple of islands do break away and declare Lin their queen. Lin has to go down there to knock some sense into them.
okay i wrote the thing based on this post, mako and bolin reuniting in the worst possible way. Oops?
1,600 words hell yeah
Somewhere near a junction in the grassy, sun-browned foothills of the mountains, Kuvira’s train comes to a slow, shuddering stop. Several dozen yards ahead is a single, isolated train car, waiting on the rails like a glossy green beetle, its couplers twisted and bent by the team sent to detach it from Prince Wu’s train. That train is long gone.
Kuvira steps out of her own train car and strolls up the rails, hands clasped behind her back, as Bolin trots behind her. Her tightly-knotted braids gleam in the sunlight, sleek and oiled without a single strand out of place, and he realizes he’s never seen it otherwise. It’s always perfectly shaped, never down or messy, held together by the force of her willpower alone. (And it makes her so different from Korra - Korra, whose hair tangled and came undone, sticking slick with sweat to the side of her face, whipping around her as she fought - Korra’s power burst from her in all different ways, casting light without ever getting dimmer. But Kuvira seemed to pull her power in, like a fisherman gathering his nets. Like she drained strength from the earth itself.)